- 1[transitive] contrast (A and/with B) to compare two things in order to show the differences between them It is interesting to contrast the British legal system with the American one. The poem contrasts youth and age. Compare and contrast the two novels.
- 2[intransitive] contrast (with something) to show a clear difference when close together or when compared Her actions contrasted sharply with her promises. Her actions and her promises contrasted sharply. Language Bankcontrasthighlighting differences This survey highlights a number of differences in the way that teenage boys and girls in the U.S. spend their free time. One of the main differences between the girls and the boys who took part in the research was the way in which they use the Internet. Unlike the girls, who use the Internet mainly to keep in touch with friends, the boys questioned in this survey tend to use the Internet for playing computer games. The girls differ from the boys in that they tend to spend more time keeping in touch with friends on the telephone or on social networking websites. Compared with the boys, the girls spend much more time chatting to friends on the telephone. On average, the girls spend four hours a week chatting to friends on the phone. In contrast, very few of the boys spend more than five minutes a day talking to their friends in this way. The boys prefer competitive sports and computer games, whereas/while the girls seem to enjoy more cooperative activities, such as shopping with friends. When the girls go shopping, they mainly buy clothes and cosmetics. The boys, on the other hand, tend to purchase computer games or gadgets.
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NAmE//kənˈtræst//, NAmE//ˈkɑntræst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contrast
he / she / it contrasts
past simple contrasted
-ing form contrasting